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Prada Fails to Shut Down Bad Press Over Sexual Harassment Suit

Image from Rina Bovrisse <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/prada-drop-your-lawsuit-against-former-employee-rina-bovrisse-4">Change.org</a> petition
Image from Rina Bovrisse Change.org petition

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Buzzfeed Fashion has spearheaded the story on Rina Bovrisse, the former Prada employee who sued the house for sexual harassment while she was working for the brand's Japanese arm, and was met by a defamation countersuit. She then took her case to the UN, which allegedly supported her, and inspired a Change.org petition for Prada to drop its case.

Prada has not dropped its case. Instead, as evidence of Bovrisse's defamation, the company argues that the UN's response—a statement urging Japan's State party to "introduce in its legislation an offence of sexual harassment, in particular in the workplace"—has nothing to do with Bovrisse or Prada, Buzzfeed reports. Prada cites a Vogue UK post as evidence, which you can read translated here.

Despite their argument, Prada's social media continues to be swamped by Rina-supporters, peppered in among the ohs and ahs over the brand's normal workings. As Amy Odell points out, "if [Prada] want[s] to fully control [its] image, which [the company] claim[s] Bovrisse has damaged so very much, [it]'ll have to get off social media—and convince everyone with something against the company to do the same."
· Prada Desperate To Quash Press About Former Employee Who Sued For Sexual Harassment [Buzzfeed]